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38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Sometimes we go through life feeling just fine and then all-of-a-sudden it’s as if someone changed the rules of the game. Perhaps it’s a surprising health issue, betrayal from a friend, or a long season of waiting. Perhaps it’s a word from the Lord calling to light something we’ve never heard before. When we finally recognize our current reality is not working out well for us, life can begin to feel shaky, uncertain, infuriated even.

One crazy thing about walking with Jesus is that he sometimes throws us off balance or shakes us down to our core – whether he allows something to happen we never thought he would, or he reveals something we hoped he’d never expose.

When Jesus shakes things up, it’s for our good, because he sheds light on the mindset of our relationship with God. This was true for Martha and the Elder Brother. For Martha, typical life was filled with anxiety and trouble. When Jesus came for a visit, he spoke words that rocked her normal way of life. For the Elder Brother, life was going along just fine until his rebellious younger brother returns home disturbing his normal rhythms of work. Both stories expose truth within the person’s mindset. Martha and the Elder Brother were both focused on personal duty and control outside relationship with their Lord.

Everyone has a mindset and way they view God. Sometimes it’s only through confusion or losing control when we realize we’ve been trying to hold things together ourselves and developed false beliefs about God. Sometimes it’s only through Jesus “changing the rules” when we really get to experience his radical and reckless longing for us to sit, celebrate, and do life in his presence. Take a few moments today to admit where you’re trying to hold life together without God and stop to spend a half hour uninterrupted in the presence of God. [/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Yvonne Biel  

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